Dublin The name says it all: in various empty apartments and rooms, players have to unpack boxes full of everyday objects. However, these are neither labeled, nor is it clear which things you will come across next. The goal is to put all the items in the right places until the rooms are fully furnished.
A life story in moving boxes
This may not sound very motivating at the beginning. But the appeal lies above all in the story that tells “unpacking” over a period of more than 20 years. This follows the life of a protagonist, who is not even visible. Instead of living through the events themselves, their possessions bring the life of the character closer.
While in 1997 you initially start in the children’s room, by 2018, for example, a room in the student dormitory and the first own apartment must also be set up. Some items come and go, such as the consoles of the video game-loving character, which adapt to the times. Others, such as cuddly toys, on the other hand, accompany you through all the relationships and destinies that you have to discover for yourself from the context.
Charming pixel graphics and lots of details
The detailed pixel graphics also contribute to the special charm, while the game does without text and dialogues at all. So if you don’t have to go through a personal relocation trauma, you will find “Unpacking” a game that shows in its own way how easy a moving story can be told.